I Am/I Am Not: On Angela Harris's 'Race and Essentialism in Feminist Legal Theory'

16 Pages Posted: 10 Aug 2014

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Mary Anne Franks

University of Miami School of Law

Date Written: August 8, 2014

Abstract

In 1990, Angela Harris wrote an article that interrogated the limitations of feminist legal theory. Nearly a quarter of a century later, the insights and challenges Harris offered in "Race and Essentialism in Feminist Legal Theory" continue to reverberate. The influence of her ideas can be seen in the fractured and passionate conversations about gender, race, and solidarity occurring both inside and outside of academia. In recent years, we have witnessed an explosion of debate of these topics in social media forums such as Twitter and Facebook. Far from being trivial, the intensity and persistence of these conversations suggest a welcome expansion of popular political and social consciousness. Harris’s work provides important context, depth, and insight to contemporary reflections on the nature and practice of feminism.

Keywords: Angela Harris, feminism, gender, race, solidarity, feminist legal theory, critical race theory, social media, Trayvon Martin, Twitter feminism, essentialism

Suggested Citation

Franks, Mary Anne, I Am/I Am Not: On Angela Harris's 'Race and Essentialism in Feminist Legal Theory' (August 8, 2014). California Law Review, Vol. 102, p. 1053, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2477961

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